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Science and Technology Committee's report on genetics

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7000.275 (Published 29 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:275
  1. Harper Peter
  1. Consultant clinical geneticist Institute of Medical Genetics, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff CF4 4XW

    Recommends an official regulatory body and serves notice on insurers For the first time the British parliament has examined the present state and future possibilities of human genetics and has begun to face up to some of the important implications of and difficult decisions arising from this specialty. Previously, it had left the task to charitable bodies such as the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, whose report in December 1993 identified many of the key issues.1 But the report's call for government action had until recently met with little response. Now the all party Science and Technology Committee of the House of Commons has taken up the challenge and has done so thoroughly and firmly.

    Human Genetics: the Science and its Consequences has taken a broad remit, covering such topics as basic genome research, its industrial and economic consequences, patenting, and the role of …

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